For many young people, playing video games is more than just a pastime, it’s a passion. From the art, music, and character development, to the community of online gamers, and even financial incentives through tournaments, video gaming can be a lifestyle. While we understand the importance of gaming to so many people, we also understand the importance of caring for your eyes during any activity that involves screens. Here is a short guide to gaming glasses and what you should know about protecting yourself while playing.
How Playing Video Games Can Affect Your Eyes
While in small doses, video games have little to no effect on your eyes or body, but if you’re someone who likes to play video games all day, every day, you may notice some damage to your eyes including strained eyes, blurred vision, watery or stinging eyes, and/or headaches. When hobby or professional gamers begin to notice this issue, they usually turn to gaming glasses to help, however, it’s best to invest in gaming glasses before any noticeable damage is done to your eyes.
How to Protect Your Eyes From Strain
There are a few ways to protect your eyes from strain when you play video games. These methods include:
- The 20/20/20 method: every 20 minutes stare at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds
- Turn down the brightness on your screen
- Put a screen protector on your monitor that reduces glare
- Adjust the lighting in your home
- Use eye drops for dry eyes
- Schedule annual eye exams
- Invest in gaming glasses
Blue Light and Computer Glasses
When people think of gaming glasses, they think of blue light or computer glasses. Blue light glasses work by blocking harmful light from your computer or television screen from hitting your eyes directly. These types of lenses are affordable, dependable, and can be fit with your prescription to ensure you’re seeing clearly while protecting your eyes.
Protect your eyes while gaming by finding the right gaming glasses for you!
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